Can there be anything better for a beginner knitter with crochet skills and colour fixation than a project covering it all? You are right, probably not 😉 That’s why my latest project, baktus scarf, has been such a joy!
I’ve had my eye on the Drops pattern (another one from their basic patterns collection) for a while. First – it took me some time and learning to understand it, as knitting patterns in general are still somewhat mysterious to me, and Drops patterns are written in their strange, specific way, which usually makes me want to give up instantly after reading them for the first time. Second – I really wanted it to be as colourful as possible, but I didn’t have the right yarn. I had worked with the recommended Drops Delight before and I didn’t like the feel of this yarn too much, especially for something to be worn close to the skin. It is a little too coarse and stiff and the nylon in it is too visible, so despite the beautiful colorways I knew I needed something else. When I added all the new yarn to my stash last week, Noro Silk Garden reminded me about this pattern and I knew it was time to knit it.
It’s a great pattern for beginners, because it’s simple and doesn’t take much time, but teaches how to make short rows. Stocking stitch makes the scarf curl up a lot, as the photo shows, but it also shows the colour variegation beautifully, so I don’t mind curling. Crochet border (with funny spiral tassels) helps a bit, and some serious blocking of the wet scarf helps even more.
I think this yarn is absolutely beautiful, I love the gradual colour change, the texture – the yarn is spun unevenly which makes the stitches look a little messy too, but it’s a lovely mess making the simple scarf more interesting. I noticed in the reviews that some people complain about it, but I really don’t see it as quality control issue, this is just this kind of yarn and personally I adore it.
The scarf is vibrant, cheerful, and just big enough to wrap it once around the neck. It adds life to any outfit and I can’t wait for the days to get warmer, to wear my spring light grey jacket and the scarf 🙂 And I’m proud to say I managed to knit my first short rows well, without holes.
I still keep knitting with this yarn – I made a hat for a friend and I’m working on fingerless gloves for me – and it still keeps me happy and positive. I guess my yarny gift for myself was a good investment – it works!